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The use of 「ん」 in 「どうしたんですか」 [duplicate]

In class we've been learning about sickness, so we went over「どうしたんですか。」and「…がいたいんです。」. I asked the teacher and she said the use of 「ん」 is to provide an explanation, but she didn't explain what rules ...
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なんだけど Meaning and grammar patterns [duplicate]

I would like to know what (なんだけど / なんですが) means? I think these two forms are the same, but when I asked in class their meaning, I was told that they mean nothing, so I'm kinda confused. For example, ...
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What's the difference between じゃない and じゃないんだ? [duplicate]

I was learning how to conjugate the state-of-being and I didn't see じゃないんだ in the conjugation chart...I often hear people use it in movies and dramas... is it part of the conjugation for the state-of-...
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what does “同士な” mean in this sentence [duplicate]

I want to translate this sentence "ウチらの好きな男子同士なんだからさ!",but i don't understand "同士な"'s mean Help me
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What is the purpose of 「ん」in this sentence 「忙しいんだよ」? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of 「ん」in this sentence 「忙しいんだよ」?
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Purpose of の before でしょうか [duplicate]

Can somebody explain the purpose of の in this sentence? I suspect it has something to do with nominalising the preceding clause, but if that's the case then I don't understand why that's necessary? ...
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~んです should be used in what condition? [duplicate]

どこでかいますか。 どこでかったんですか。 The meaning of the two sentences are same, right? Yet, in what condition I need to use~んですか。
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I ask for an explanation about the なの in [祖母は耳が遠い、つまり、耳が少し不自由**なの**だ。] [duplicate]

Is なの considered as a whole (grammatical expression)? Or is it な ,to make 不自由 an adj, and の seperately? If 2) is the case, what does の mean here?
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What verb form is the phrase '見上げたんだ' using? [duplicate]

From the song 'Nirvana' by Tia. I am currently working on translating this song as an exercise and I noticed that this phrase is different from the verb forms I already know. 見上げたんだ The meaning is ...
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What exactly is “なの” (nano)?

I asked a female Japanese friend to translate a sentence for me and it ends in "nano" which I took to be either an alternative question particle to -ne or -ka; or possibly two particles I ...
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What connotation does なんだ add?

Specifically, in the expression 好きなんだ (I love you) why not just say 好きだ or 好きです?
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のだから vs のだ (んだから vs んだ)

When I learnt this grammar point a while ago, my teachers told me not to use it with "から". There reasoning for this was that のだ already implies a reason or supporting information for a conclusion. ...
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How is the “のです” working here?

目立つ事を恐れ、一緒でなければいけないという日本人が確実に減ってきているのです。 The strong feelings that Japanese have of being afraid of standing out and everybody having to do things together are starting to become less prominent. To ...
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What does using という add to a sentence?

This sentence is from a grammar website: 主人公が犯人だったというのが一番面白かった。 Why is という necessary? What does it add? And what meaning is lost in writing the sentence without it? For example, as in: ...
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What is the たんだ in と思ってたんだ for the sentence in question?

Here is a sentence that I came across in Yotsuba, 恵那が結婚して出て行く時に使おうと思ってたんだ. I believe the English translation would be something like, "When Ena (恵那) gets married and leaves, I think I'll use this. I ...
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How to write “I'm going to sleep tomorrow”?

I'm supposed to write "I'm going to sleep tomorrow" using romaji. Would the romaji be watashi wa ashita neru e iku n desu because "I'm" is the subject which is "watashi wa" the time is "...
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だけど (used at the end of a sentence)

I can't quite understand the meaning of dakedo here. 予定日は過ぎているから どっちかは分かるんだけどなぁ。 We are passing the scheduled date. (This is what I can understand from this sentence about a baby born date.) I'm ...
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Can を used with だ/です

I came across the following passage in a mystery manga. The main character is explaining that the as of yet unknown criminal intentionally made the listener think that Kimisawa was the criminal (...
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How to understand 「僕は誰より彼女が好きなんだ。」

I don't understand 「僕は誰より彼女が好きなんだ。」. I guess 好きなんだ means love, but なん means not. Can anyone help me?
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Translation of: 美しいと思ってしまったのだ

I would like to ask about the interpretation of the sentence below: 美しいと思ってしまったのだ If I were to interpret it literally, it would mean The thing of unintentionally thinking that it is beautiful ...
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hontou nano ka , is “na” here part of the question marker or is it something else?

I know that you can use ka, no, and noka as question markers. But what is "na" in "hontou na no ka" . is it another form of question marker altogether or what does it mean the "na" in that sentence?
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the meaning of たまに and んだ

たまに would mean occasionally/once in a while right? how can we translate んだ in this context? or is it just an expression? if the translation is wrong, do tell me. Text: たまにはなプレゼントをもらっていいと思うんだ。 ...
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What does どうなちきつたんだよオ mean?

I am trying to learn a lot by reading, but I am having a lot of trouble with this phrase/sentence: どうなちきつたんだよオ Now, this is from a manga (Akira, specifically) so I'm guessing it's some kind of ...
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「んだ」の使い方について質問させていただきます

I would like to ask you a question about the usage of んだ. I know that it can be used to explain a situation, but I have noticed it can be used to bring up a topic as well, is it true? I heard the ...
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「というのである」 basically same as 「ということである」?

I was asked to nominalize 「傾聴」とは耳を傾けて熱心に聞く(--?--)。 These were the options: (1)「傾聴」とは耳を傾けて熱心に聞くということである。 (2)「傾聴」とは耳を傾けて熱心に聞くというのである。 With regard to grammar, I'd think that というのである can be ...
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Purpose of “のだ” in “数年も漁村に住んでて、いろんな魚種類を食べてるのだ”?

I am making this example based on some Japanese I heard about a different subject, but the basic context is the same. The context is that someone has lived in a fishing village for a long time. As a ...
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What does んだもん mean and is used for?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N3 exam and I come across the following rule that I don't really understand. んだもん Although it is not identic, according to this link ~もん is Used to reply ...
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What is the difference between kattan and kaimashita?

In Japanese the mashita ending is the past form of polite verbs. For example: To buy (root form) - Kau To buy (polite form) - kaimasu To buy (polite form, past) - kaimashita In my Japanese text ...
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Use of の with かもしれない

北海道の海岸に向かう途中で、川に入ってしまったのかもしれません。 They might have ended up entering the river en route to the Hokkaido coast. What is の (in bold) doing in this sentence? It was my understanding that かもしれない came ...
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Word choose between か and のか

I have a question about the following sentence: お母さんが、八百屋で長いこと、何を買うか決まらず迷っています。 Is it possible to replace "か" with "のか" without misunderstanding in this sentence? Namely, お母さんが、八百屋で長いこと、...

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